Africa News

Mabvuto Phiri

November 24 2011

The chairperson Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Farida Waziri, has been relieved of her duties. She was quite aware of this dilemma, which she captured aptly when she once observed: “If you fight corruption, corruption will fight back with everything it has got.”

On Wednesday, her battle against corruption came to an end as President Goodluck Jonathan relieved her of her job as the Chairman of Commission

She was said to have been informed of her sack by her aide who heard the news when it was broadcast.

President Jonathan has since appointed Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, who until now had been Commission’s Director of Operations, as acting chairman.

This development was contained in an electronic statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media, Dr. Reuben Abati and made available to the media.

But the statement did not disclose why Waziri was relieved of her appointment before the expiration of her tenure.

The statement reads: “President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Ibrahim Lamorde as the Acting Chairman/Chief Executive of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).\

Waziri was appointed EFCC Chairman by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on May 18, 2008 and confirmed by the Senate on May 27, 2008.

Waziri is a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG).